Following its release of an updated Twitter for Windows 10 app today, Microsoft is expected to finally come out with Windows 10 Mobile tomorrow. The new operating system for Windows 10 mobile devices has been delayed repeatedly, and arrives nearly eight months after the July 29 release of Windows 10.
Citing "a person familiar with the company's plans," VentureBeat reported earlier today that Microsoft will launch Windows 10 Mobile for immediate availability tomorrow. A spokesperson told us this afternoon, "Microsoft has nothing to share at this time."
Microsoft has confirmed, however, that it has released its latest version of Twitter for Windows 10. The updated app lets users view Moments curated tweets, images and videos; share group Direct Messages; edit and tweet videos; and add commentaries with the quote tweet feature, Twitter product designer Angela Lam said today on the Windows Experience blog.
New Options for Themes, Viewing of Top Tweets
"When we redesigned Twitter for Windows last year, we followed Universal Windows Platform, and as a result, Twitter for Windows easily adapts to different devices and screen sizes," Lam said. She added that more features and improvements will be coming later.
One frequently requested feature in Twitter for Windows 10 that's now available on the mobile version is the option of a dark theme, Lam noted. Windows 10 mobile device users can designate a dark theme using the personalization option under settings.
Another new feature lets mobile users check out top tweets without having to log in. The updated app is available for download in the Windows Store.
Latest Insider Build Released Last Week
Microsoft released its most recent Preview Build version of Windows 10 Mobile for its "insider" developers Thursday. Preview Build 14283 was available only to devices that shipped with Windows 10 Mobile, such as the Lumia 950 and 950 XL, according to Gabe Aul, corporate vice president of Microsoft's engineering systems team.
The build released last week included the addition of missed-call and voicemail-waiting indicators to tabs in the Phone app, along with updates to Outlook Mail and Calendar. Aul said in a blog post last week that the next mobile and PC builds will each add a new app for feedback from developers and insiders.
Today's report in VentureBeat noted that users with legacy Windows Phones will at first have to initiate the Windows 10 Mobile upgrade manually. Automated "push" updates will be made available at a later, "undisclosed date," the article stated. Information on which Windows Phones will be able to upgrade to the OS is expected to be released tomorrow, VentureBeat noted.
According to the latest data from NetMarketShare, the Windows Phone share of the mobile device operating system market stands at 2.57 percent. The leading mobile OS is Android, at 59.65 percent, followed by Apple's iOS, with 32.28 percent.
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